- Godzilla vs. Kong review by Alphaville
Maybe I was watching a different film from those who find merit in this blustering bore, played out with clichéd humans and cartoon monsters to orchestral superhero muzak. Admire the cgi… then doze. The humans do little but watch with mouths agape. Teenager Millie Bobby Brown is especially stuck in this mode, and even Rebecca Hall, here phoning in her performance, can find little else for her character to do. Occasionally someone even shouts “Go, go, go!” (always a bad sign). The dialogue is so pointless you could easily switch the sound off and miss nothing. But admire that cgi.
Of course, the film stands or falls on its monster battles, which are all in-yer-face cartoon pyrotechnics aimed at gamers, full of explosions and whizz-bangs. But admire that cgi.
Basically this is a kids’ version of a Godzilla film so perhaps it should not be judged too harshly as adult entertainment. If there is one thing to be said in its favour, it does make you long for an old Japanese Godzilla film with a man in a monster suit.
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Beware - BIG spoilers ...
- Godzilla vs. Kong review by NP
King Kong, from the very start of this, is portrayed as the good guy. Endlessly shifted and chained up by the APEX organisation (or corporate human beings in other words), we feel desperately sorry for his plight – especially as he has a special relationship (via sign language) with little Jai. Jai is played by Kaylee Hottle, and in many ways is the star of the show. As cute as a button, she will break your heart. She really will.
Spoilt Maia Simmons (Eiza González), daughter of rich baddie Walter (Demián Bichir) seems to be on an upward curve. Ruthless and stunningly beautiful, she often refers to Kong disparagingly as ‘the monkey.’ She really should know better. After being built up as a force to be reckoned with, it’s supremely satisfying to see ‘the monkey’ end her life without even thinking about it, rendering her mission and her posturing entirely worthless.
So then, when it becomes apparent that the much abused Kong is now a target for Godzilla, we’re instantly on Kong’s side; but Godzilla is supposed to be a (kind of) good buy as well, isn’t he? Not here he isn’t. He’s mean and brutal and goes for Kong relentlessly – and all the big ape wants is ‘home’.
So when (I told you there’d be spoilers) Mechagodzilla turns up, created by APEX, naturally, from the DNA of previous Big Bad Ghidora, it’s Godzilla’s turn to get ragged. And he does. Mercilessly, relentlessly and repeatedly.
Sitting in my cinema seat, a bottle of Coke Zero gone warm in my hands, I’m egging the machine creature on. Hit him, I’m thinking, and again – but the attack does not let up for a second. Godzilla is a spent force, a rag swung about in Mechagodzilla’s metal claw – and still it doesn’t stop. With Kong out of action, this promises to be a measured, horrifying end for the big lad. My allegiances change. This is a bit much, I’m thinking, this is cruelty to animals (forgetting that all this is CGI special effects)! So my sympathies at last drift towards the Big G, floundering and utterly humiliated, along with most of the surrounding architecture.
Even I’m not going to give away the finale, but it as perfect as it could possibly be. Directed by Adam Wingard, who made a valiant attempt to breathe life into The Blair Witch franchise a few years ago, this is an absolute triumph, a stunning looking blockbuster in all senses of the word.
Of these Legendary films, ‘Godzilla’ was good, let down by too many bland humans and not enough monsters, ‘Godzilla King of the Monsters’, was a vast improvement. This, with its sci-fi trappings involving a hollow Earth and Kong portrayed as a genuine king of that world, is absolutely breath-taking. 9 out of 10.
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Nice monsters, shame about the humans.
- Godzilla vs. Kong review by LC
Like it's main protagonists, this film is big and dumb - sadly it's only moderately fun. The action is on an epic scale, and the CGI monster fights are colourful and impressive. Granted, that's the main selling point, but it has to be said that the human characters are particularly woeful here, being a bunch of walking cliches with terrible, hammy dialogue. Most annoying are the two children and their bumbling conspiracy-theorist sidekick, who seem to exist only to attempt to add some comedy. There's a potentially interesting storyline here about a hollow earth (why wasn't this tied into the conspiracy guy?), and it looks pretty, but doesn't get explored in any depth. Kong himself is also now so massive in scale that it's hard to maintain any belief in his interactions with the humans (particularly a small child), as they are the equivalent size of an ant - I'm surprised he notices them at all. I thought 'Skull Island' from a few years back was a surprisingly decent film, but this really has nothing to offer other than CGI spectacle.
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